Max Whitby on i-Docs 2012

Max has sent me this post on the participation and authorship panel from the touchpress website: As a pioneer of content-led approaches to videodisc and CD-ROM, he really does know about the deep bedrock that lies beneath our feet. Over to Max: Just back from the most excellent i-docs conference in Bristol. I spoke at one of the early …

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Feedback Session with Jigar Mehta: What next for #18daysinegypt?

These notes are taken from a feedback session at i-Docs 2012, chaired by Arnau Gifreu with keynote Jigar Mehta. All the questions either came from the audience or Arnau, for more information about the  #18daysinegypt project, visit: Three basic aspects for the continuation of #18daysinegypt: How we increase participation? When does a project end? How do we build a …

Editors and HTML5: Klynt, 3WDOC and Popcorn Maker

The i-docs 2012 hosted a very interesting debate about multimedia content editors. At the symposium were representatives from content editors Popcorn Maker, Klynt, and 3WDOC. The debate was very illustrative. In this article for my column The Fourth Bit in La Vanguardia, I highlight some aspects based on what it was presented and discussed there. Why talk about the HTML5 standard, about Flash, about programming …

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i-Docs 2012: Extracts from Friday 23 March

So, after a couple of technical difficulties, here is the storify for i-Docs on the 23rd of March! Going to be adding to it throughout the day, refresh and watch it grow.   [View the story “I-docs 2012: Friday 23rd March” on Storify]

Authoring tools confronted

Over the last year we have been witnessing the raise of new authoring tools that allows us to build an interactive documentary with no need of coding skills. Three of them are Klynt, 3WDOC and Popcorn Maker. On the second day of i-Docs Symposium we will have the opportunity to meet their creators, who will show us some projects made …

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Algorithms ≠ Automation: guest post from Jesse Shapins

I write this from an eerily warm Cambridge, saddened by the fact that I cannot travel to Bristol for i-Docs. The group coming together is incredible, and while not physically present, I look forward to following the conversation virtually. As a provocation, Mandy invited me to write a blog post on Zeega — an open-source, HTML5 platform for creating interactive …

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Participation and Authorship: First panel of the symposium

This panel will follow on from our opening keynote from Jigar Mehta on Thursday 22nd and will lead into our lab on Questioning Participation in the afternoon. It has been designed to stimulate debate around a core issue that kept coming up at i-Docs 2011, which relates to questions around participation and authorship. Here are some of the questions that …

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Project Presentation – Moneyocracy, the doc, the idoc and the issue

My interest in interactive documentaries (i-docs) and transmedia storytelling has immensely grew since the past two years. Part of this interest came from the new opportunities offered to me – as photojournalist – to tell stories in a different way. I needed to put more context into the stories and issues I was covering. I needed to explain things in an engaging …

i-Docs 2011 – Florian Thalhofer

Berlin-based Florian Thalhofer is an artist, documentary filmmaker and inventor of Korsakow, a software to create database films. Below is his keynote from i-Docs 2011, where he discusses this software, what can be done with it and his current projects at the time, enjoy!

What will be discussed in the Taxonomies Lab

The Taxomonies Lab will be held on Friday 23rd at 3 PM, in Watershed 2. In order to stimulate discussion before, during, and possibly after the event, I would like to share with you the questions that will be discussed during such Lab. If you are interested in those issues you should join us on Friday… but also, remember that …

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i-Docs 2011: short documentary

A short video with some of the highlights from the 2011 symposium, including Nick Cohen (BBC) Siobhan O’Flynn (University of Toronto) and Florian Thalhofer’s (Korsakow creator) brilliant keynote:

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Awra Amba: Utopia in Ethiopia

Interactivity, collaboration and activism A guest post from one of this years speakers Paulina Tervo. Background  – why did the story turn into an interactive project? In 2004 I came across a small community called Awra Amba during my travels in the rural parts of Northern Ethiopia. Having seen a lot of poverty and hardship on my trip, I was …

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Interactive Media: the first 40 years

A guest post by Brian Winston. People might remember Barbara Kopple’s Oscar winning documentary Harlan County, USA. It was about a bitter strike in the Kentucky coal-fields in 1974. Most memorably, the company goons were so out of control they even started shooting at the film crew. But my memory of Harlan County coverage is a little different. It centres on …